Sports Injuries



Roughly 40 percent of amateur golfers are injured each year, and lower back injuries are the most frequent injury.  Injuries to the lumbar spine are the most common musculoskeletal injuries in golfers. Professional golfers tend to develop overuse injuries, whereas recreational golfers tend to sustain acute traumatic injuries. The lumbar spine intervertebral disc sees forces equivalent to roughly 8 times body weight during a golf swing, with higher peak forces in recreational golfers. The stress on the spine in golf is asymmetric, with increased stress on the trail side (typically the right side), as [Learn More]

AVOID OR MINIMIZE BACK INJURIES2023-02-27T08:09:47-08:00




Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowmobiling and sledding are fun winter activities, but they are not without risk. Some things you can do to set yourself up for a successful day include:

  • Check your equipment! Make sure it is in good repair and adequate to the task.
  • Don’t go alone. It’s not just more fun to share an activity with someone else, it’s safer, too.
  • Warm-up with gentle stretching and mobility exercises & take breaks when needed!
  • Hydrate! Supplement with a sports drink after 2 hours of activity.

Winter sports are dynamic, leaving opportunity and risk for falls and injury. Common [Learn More]

WINTER SPORTS INJURIES2023-01-31T12:38:55-08:00

Avoid or Minimize Knee Injuries



Soccer is rough on knees.  Soccer play involves quick stops and starts and abrupt directional changes.  Knee injuries, including those involving the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), are one of the most common injuries in sports, especially soccer.

Functional assessments including movements such as a squat and reverse lunge to single leg balance can give us information about what may be causing knee pain, and how to treat it. A doctor (MD or DO), physical therapist (PT), or athletic trainer (ATC) can help to point out your weaknesses and where to start.

These exercises [Learn More]

Avoid or Minimize Knee Injuries2023-01-12T09:15:24-08:00

Outpatient Total Hip Replacement Puts Golfer Back in Game


James Murchison hip replacement GSOS patient

New anterior surgical method cuts costs and recovery time in half

James Murchison had always been an avid athlete. Whether skiing down a mountain or perfecting his golf game, the former baseball and soccer college athlete made it a point to stay active and in shape.

But after a ski injury five years ago, he felt pain in his groin. He assumed he had pulled a muscle. But after visiting an orthopedic physician, the x-rays told a different story.

The angle of the femur, the large bone in [Learn More]

Outpatient Total Hip Replacement Puts Golfer Back in Game2022-05-16T13:25:01-07:00

Tele-Health Is Working Out


The last thing Michele Matheson expected a few weeks after hip surgery was that she would be healthier than her driver.

Michele, who we are fondly calling “Doctor Mom” because some of her children are doctors, had a total hip replacement on her left hip with Dr. Louay Toma of Muir Orthopaedic Specialists (MOS) in February 2020, and has been making a good recovery.

After her first Physical Therapy visit in early March, she was seeing progress, looking forward to her post-operative follow-up with her surgeon, and anticipating her next PT visit. Amidst coronavirus fears [Learn More]

Tele-Health Is Working Out2022-05-16T14:39:26-07:00

Winter Sports Injuries


We can’t resist the lure of snow at Lake Tahoe, and the winter sports we love. Even during COVID-19 and especially with our warmer Bay Area weather, we are willing to put the chains on the car and brave the winter storms in the mountains to get out and play.

Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowmobiling and sledding are fun winter activities, but they are not without risk. Some things you can do to set yourself up for a successful day include making sure your equipment is in good repair and adequate to the task. Ensuring that [Learn More]

Winter Sports Injuries2022-05-16T14:40:13-07:00

Recover Like An Olympian


When Competition Day Is Looming.

When every missed game is a hit to the team, there is enormous pressure on an injured athlete to get back to competition as quickly and safely as possible. A sports medicine team includes physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and others. All these roles work together to guide the athlete through recovery back into their game – stat!

In the Tokyo Olympics 2020/2021, USA Women’s Volleyball “opposite” Jordan Thompson rolled her ankle on a bad landing from a blocking jump. An ankle “roll” is a sideways twist that stretches or tears one or [Learn More]

Recover Like An Olympian2022-05-16T15:26:59-07:00
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